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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 10, 2009 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

I don't mean to start a Barlow vs Hunter (cause it ain't even a contest), but these lyrics really bother me:

So I give you my eyes, and all of their lies
Please help them to learn as well as to see
Capture a glance and make it a dance
Of looking at you looking at me.

The way Bob sang the second line makes me think he is handing a couple of puppies to some absolutely destitute blind folk with a his very best do gooder look on his face rather than in some metaphorical space of self evaluation vis-a-vis relationships....I just don't get the imagery.

Barlow never really did it for me.


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Poster: ducats Date: Jun 10, 2009 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

funny - my top two Weir (WRS+BTW) in a thread

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 10, 2009 7:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

The brightest moment of the Weir/Barlow songwriting team came with Weather Report Suite and Eric Anderson is credited with Part 1, Barlow with Let It Grow.

I've always maintained that Wake of the Flood was the finest studio offering, primarily due to the fact that WRS is Weirs best work, and it was thematically challenging for the band. That, and the fact that no other typically sophomoric love ballads were on the record.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 10, 2009 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

Yeah, I can see that...As short and sweet as it is, and of course, one my favorite "vehicles", OOne has a special place in my heart (there you go...Sophomoric if ever it was!), but WRS is pretty good for being out of my era.

SugMag of course, is up there too...hard not to like it as one of the better of the genre. And as much bad press as it gets, I did always like M&MU, though I think Contract and BigIron are better vehicles (damn...thesaurus?) for the basic tale to be told.

Funny thing is I don't even know that I have ever heard songs folks mention elsewhere in this thread, like "Samba" which just sounds bad on the face of it...like a Brubeck tune (those guys get away with using titles like that, appropriately).

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 10, 2009 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know...

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jun 10, 2009 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

Well, MAMU was written by Papa John Philips... who could turn a phrase or two if he wanted to!

"With a bottle in each hand
too late to try to understand
We don't care where it lands,
we just throw it!"

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 10, 2009 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

I hadn't thought of the OO, and rank it higher than Sugarmag and Playing...but none of the Dead stuff compares to the real cheese to be found on Heaven Help the Fool.

"Contract" is probably one of the best pedal steel tunes ever played and a great cowboy song to boot. Of the NRPS stuff, my personal favorite is the least accessible which would be the "Mighty Time" LP...lot's of great Jerry guitar playing.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 10, 2009 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

Ha--funny story on that one (HHTFool)...rumaging thru the used record bins on Telegraph...see Bob's clean cut face..."WTF?!?" sez I, and buy it for a BUCK!

I had no idea he was "up" to anything, and it turns out the record I bought was literally purchased on the day it came out, and sold BACK the next day, and I bought it on day three...

Never did get much play time.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 10, 2009 9:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WTF? Nobody did this yet?

Damn...one of these years the two of us are going to have build a nice big fire of mesquite on some high cold plain and discuss western movies and tunes thru the night with some of Mando or Rob's fine booze...